Flam is located on the Aurlandsfjord, one of the fjords of Norway. Aurlandsfjord is an off-shoot of the longest Norwegian fjord Sognefjord, which stretches inland over 100 miles from the sea. Since the fjords of Norway have depths of up to 4000 feet, even large modern cruise ships can sail inland to quaint villages like Flam.
Flam is often included as a cruise ship port of call because of the Flam Railway, which rises almost 3000 feet straight up the mountains to Myrdal, where it links to the Bergen-Oslo Railway. The train ride from Flam to Myrdal takes about an hour and includes 20 tunnels and panoramic views of the Norwegian mountains.
Our "Overland to Voss, Tvinde, and Stalheim" tour from the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas started with a ride on the Flam Railway, followed by a second train to Voss. After lunch and time to explore Voss, we returned to the ship via bus, stopping at the Tvinde Waterfall and the Stalheim Hotel. It was a terrific way to see this part of Norway.
Modern steering systems allow large cruise ships to navigate the narrow fjords of Norway. Winding for over 100 miles, Sognefjord is Norway's longest fjord.
More Ports on the Fjords of Norway
Norwegian Fjords - Aurlandsfjord near Flam, Norway
The fog hangs low over this fjord of Norway. Isn't it lovely?
Waterfall - Flam to Voss Railway near the Fjords of Norway
One of the many waterfalls along the route of the Flam Railway. With over 20 tunnels and many vistas such as this one, it is a fantastic ride!
Village on the Flam Railway
The Flam Railway has 10 stops on the 3000-foot rise from Flam to Myrdal. This village is one of them.
Flam, Norway on Aurlandsfjord in Western Norway on the Fjords of Norway
View of the small village of Flam on Aurlandsfjord, one of the many fjords of Norway, from the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas cruise ship.
Sod Roof Cottage near Flam, Norway
Do you wonder if this small hut/cottage might be a sauna since it has a chimney?
Flam Railway near Flam, Norway
The Flam Railway train curves around the mountain on the way to Myrdal. This scenic ride is a great way to see the coastal mountains of Norway.
View from the Flam Railway - Flam to Voss Train
The mountains of Norway are still patched with snow in June. The Flam Railway and the train from Myrdal to Voss feature many views such as this one.
Flam to Voss Railway near Flam, Norway
View from the train on the way from Flam to the Myrdal junction.
View from the Train - Flam Railway - Flam to Voss, Norway
This lovely red barn and grazing horse on one side of the train were an interesting contrast to the snowy mountains and lakes on the other side.
Snow on the Mountains - Flam Railway
The mountain views from the Flam Railway and the train between Myrdal and Voss are beautiful.
Troll in Voss, Norway
Every photo gallery from Norway has to include a picture of a troll! The "real" trolls are shy and can't be photographed.
Kjosfossen Waterfall - Flam Railway
The Flam Railway stops at the Kjosfossen Waterfall, which supplies the hydroelectric power for the railroad. The waterfall drops 305 feet.
Be sure to look for the "dancing maiden" at the Kjosfossen Waterfall!
Myrdal Station on the Flam Railway
The Myrdal train station links the 12-mile Flam Railway to the main rail line connecting Oslo and Bergen. Those traveling to Voss from Flam change trains here.
Downtown Voss, Norway
Voss is a small tourist town on the Bergen-Oslo railway. It's a great place for lunch on a shore excursion from Flam.
Church in Voss, Norway
Voss is about 39 miles from Flam and features winter skiing and the Voss Church, which dates back to the 12th century. The church has 7-foot thick walls.
Tvinde Waterfall near Voss, Norway
The bus ride from Voss back to Flam stops for a few minutes at the lovely Tvinde Waterfall. Note for ladies - the restroom has a great view of the falls!
Vangs Lake in Voss, Norway
The residents of Flam and Voss had a bonfire set up to celebrate the summer solstice. Instead of on the fjord, this bonfire was on Vangs Lake in Voss.
Countryside near Voss, Norway
This green valley near Voss is a wonderful contrast to the snow-covered mountains nearby.
View of Naeroy Valley from Stalheim Hotel in Western Norway
The Stalheim Hotel features a marvelous view of the Naeroy Valley. It was difficult to decide which was better--the view or the delicious pastries served at the hotel!
Sod Roof on Norwegian Hut
Sod roofs always make great photos. This small hut sits on a small lake near Voss.
Fleischer's Hotel in Voss, Norway
The buffet lunch at Fleischer's is a nice break before taking time to explore the tourist village of Voss.
Norwegian River near Voss, Norway
This river was near the Tvinde Waterfall. Whitewater canoeing and kayaking are very popular in this part of Norway.
Peaceful Lake in Norway - Flam Shore Excursion
The bus ride from Voss back to Flam featured views of many lakes such as this one.
Summer Flowers at Stalheim Hotel in Norway
The cool Norwegian summers lead to bright flowers such as these at the Stalheim Hotel.
Sniper View of Naeroy Valley from German World War II Bunker at Stalheim Hotel
German soldiers had this view of the Naeroy Valley from one of the bunkers at the Stalheim Hotel.
Stalheim first became an overnight stopover in 1647 when the Oslo – Bergen postal route was completed. The Stalheim Hotel was built in 1885 and was occupied by the Germans during World War II.
German World War II Bunker at the Stalheim Hotel in Norway
Because of its strategic mountaintop location overlooking the Naeroy Valley, Germans occupied the historic Stalheim Hotel during World War II.
This bunker is a solemn reminder of the occupation of Norway by Germany during World War II.
Summer Solstice Bonfire Setup in Flam, Norway
Norwegians light huge bonfires to celebrate the summer solstice--the longest day of the year. The sun is up for about 20 hours in Flam during June.
Hairpin Turns on Stalheims-kleivane, the Steepest Road in Norway
The steep road from the Stalheim Hotel back to Flam includes daring hairpin turns and numerous switchbacks. It's quite exciting when two buses meet!
Waterfall at Flam, Norway in the Aurlandsfjord
The waterfalls along the fjords of Norway are spectacular. This one was very near the village of Flam on the Aurlandsfjord (off Sognefjord).
Aurlandsfjord Waterfall near Flam, Norway
This waterfall photo has some surprises! Can you see the kayakers along the bottom of the cliff?
Fjords of Norway - Sognefjord
Sailing away from Flam along the Sognefjord on the way to the sea.
Fjords of Norway - Sognefjord
Here's a last view of some of the waterfalls as the Jewel of the Seas sails along the Sognefjord.
Sognefjord Bridge - Fjords of Norway
Cruise ships feature marvelous views of the Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord as they sail between the Norwegian Sea and Flam.